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Syria

Christmas 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Syria

Christmas in Syria is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.

YearDateDayHoliday
202125 DecSatChristmas Day
202225 DecSunChristmas Day
202325 DecMonChristmas Day
202425 DecWedChristmas Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

While a Muslim-majority nation, a surprisingly high 10 percent of Syrians are Christians who celebrate Christ’s birth each year. Many of them are Eastern Orthodox, however, and observe Christmas on 6 January instead of on 25 December.

On 6 December, many churches in Syria hold a special service for Saint Nicholas Thaumaturgus, a character strikingly similar to “Old Saint Nick”. Then, they may fast from meat in the days leading up to Christmas Day.

Finally, note that on Christmas Eve, which is 5 January to many Syrians, the Wise men’s smallest camel is said to bring children presents.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202025 DecFriChristmas Day
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
201825 DecTueChristmas Day
201725 DecMonChristmas Day